Port Authority Getting Serious About $10 Million Renovation Of Franklin Square Station

 

"Shown is a wall in the Franklin Square statin which has been closed for decades, in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. Officials from the Port Authority Transit Commission plan to reopen the station for access to existing train service between New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia." (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

“Shown is a wall in the Franklin Square statin which has been closed for decades, in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. Officials from the Port Authority Transit Commission plan to reopen the station for access to existing train service between New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia. | Matt Rourke, AP Photo

  • The Delaware River Port Authority is once again reviewing the possibility of reopening the Franklin Square PATCO subway station, which has been closed since operating for a mere three years during the late 1970s. NewsWorks says that compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act would necessitate a renovation of around $10 million, but that seems a small price to pay to service what PATCO board member John Dougherty calls one of Philly’s “better kept secrets,” set to attract over 900,000 this year.
  • A recent study from The Melior Group seems to prove a long-suspected hunch about the Philadelphia market: renters are more committed to their neighborhoods than has been traditionally thought. Using friendliness with neighbors and willingness to volunteer for beautification efforts as common yardsticks, the study found that Center City renters are 43% likely to socialize with neighbors and 29% likely to help clean up the streets. Outside of the downtown, the commitment is even more pronounced: 56% and 51%, respectively. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger tells Plan Philly that these findings should lead to a reevaluation of rentals as an indicator of vibrant city life “Renters are a marker,” he said, “and not a bad thing for Philadelphia, as we become a more outwardly known city.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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